Gigondas: Domaine du Grand Montmirail 'Vieilles Vignes' 2018
"A blend of 60% Grenache, 30% Syrah and 10% Mourvèdre, the 2018 Gigondas Cuvée Vieilles Vignes is red-fruited and floral, with scents of raspberries and garrigue on the nose. In the mouth, it's medium to full-bodied, with fine-grained, silky-textured tannins and bright acids that bring vibrance to the long finish. It shows fine balance and ample ripeness, even if it doesn't show the power of some other vintages. Drink 2020-2028. 93/100."
Joe Czerwinski - Wine Advocate
This Gigondas wine is an outstanding Southern Rhône blend from another bastion of reliability in the vicinity, our old friend Yves Chéron. It cries out for bold, rustic cuisine and will mature gracefully for a decade or longer in good vintages.
The 'Grand Montmirail' bottling of Gigondas hails from mature rootstock (hence 'Vieilles Vignes' cuvée) in patron Yves Cheron's own vineyard. Eminently approachable now (although worth decanting) it will cellar well for a further 5 to 7 years.
This Gigondas shows a spicy, baked stone-fruit quality with gently warming tannins, that is redolent of the craggy, arid, sun-kissed landscape where the grapes are grown. Arguably a touch denser and more structured than its Vacqueyras sibling, it has the same bright fruit and balance and is equally versatile.
|Style||Red Wine, Sec, Full-bodied, Non Sparkling|
|Wine Region||Rhône, Gigondas|
|Grape Variety (Cépage)||Grenache, Mourvèdre, Syrah|
|Food & Wine Matching||Beef, Casserole|
|Cellarage||Commendably never released without some maturity, this Gigondas wine ages well in the medium term (2-10 years).|
|Vinification||Hand harvested grapes are macerated and fermented in stainless steel vats then racked in used oak barrels for at least a year before bottling.|
|Alcohol By Volume (%)||14|
Yves Chéron (aka Pascal Frères) is a Négociant-Vinificateur – a wine merchant and winemaker, who lives on an attractive estate below the Dentelles de Montmirail. He produces his own Gigondas & Vacqueyras (both named Grand Montmirail) from vineyards at the domaine, as well as vinifying wines from bought in grapes at his négociant enterprise, Pascal Frères, which is situated between the two villages.
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